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MEET THE HT2 LABS TEAM

Though we’re quite a young team, we collectively have over 150 years’ experience working in the industry, and have a number of recognised thought-leaders, authors, and engineers amongst our ranks.

Leadership Team

Our direction is set by company founders Ben and Alan Betts, alongside our technical director, James, who also leads on product development.

Dr Ben Betts

Dr Ben Betts

Chief Executive Officer

Ben leads the passionate team at HT2 Labs and is a globally-recognised thought-leader in Learning Technology with more than 15 years industry experience.

His doctorate research broke new ground studying the impact of gamification on adult social learning. He has authored and contributed chapters for four books in the last two years, published peer-reviewed academic papers and presented at TEDx. 

Alan Betts

Alan Betts

Chief Learning Officer

After careers in Financial Services and Academia Alan brings business acumen and a deep understanding of the learning process but most of all he cares about people and works hard to understand the needs of both customers and staff.

Outside of the work environment he is passionate about all sports but particularly cricket with a carefully curated collection of Wisdens all the way back to the 1880s.

James Mullaney

James Mullaney

Technical Director

James leads our development teams and has more than 8 years of experience in learning tech.

Aside from day to day development, James is in charge of all infrastructure and ensures HT2 stays operational 24/7. With his loyal hound Manny at his side, he is also book keeper for all in-office sweepstake/wagering opportunities.

Sales & Marketing

A tech-savvy team comprised of graduates and more experienced personnel, each with a background in either L&D or software/technology (sometimes both!)

Nicole Kastner

Nicole Kastner

Sales Executive

Nicole has over 10 years’ sales experience. She discovered her passion for sales and customer service while working at high-end retailers during college. Over the last few years, she has focused her interest in the evolving world of software and technical sales.

Nicole holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Boston College and a Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School. Though originally from Minnesota, the educational hub of Boston is now where she calls home. She enjoys occasional 5k runs, visiting local breweries and taking her dog Spencer to the beach.

James Lindberg

James Lindberg

Sales Executive

James joined HT2 having spent the previous 10 years selling cutting edge technologies in industries including oil & gas, 3D printing and scanning, and video technology. He has found that he enjoys teaching others the intricacies of new technology, and how it can help their day-to-day lives.

James has degrees from the University of New Hampshire and the University of Maryland. In his free time he enjoys camping and other outdoor activities; and dreams of someday owning an absurd amount of woodland and building his own house there.

Andie Coupland

Andie Coupland

Marketing Manager

Andie is a life-long learner and a digital native who spent her early career as an L&D Admin and set up the marketing division at Kineo before joining HT2 in the summer of 2015.

When not catching up on the latest developments about all-things digital, she can most commonly be found in the great outdoors, embracing her creative side, or cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

Sam Alden

Sam Alden

Digital Marketing Exec

Sam joined the HT2 Labs team at the start of May 2017 having recently graduated with a First Class (Hons) Marketing, Advertising and Communications Degree.

A big Radiohead fan, he's a drummer in local Oxford band, Temper Cartel, and spends much of his spare time rehearsing and spending time with his fellow band mates.

Ollie Newton

Ollie Newton

Graphic Designer

Ollie is a Creative Developer and Graphic Designer at HT2. He has an avid interest in Comic books and is always game for a chat about the shocking ending of last week’s episode of Game of Thrones.

Mostly though, he uses his passion for design and artistic skills to create great visuals and iOS apps.

Customer Success, Research & Project Support

Experienced, knowledgeable project & product managers, and dedicated customer success personnel.

Craig Taylor

Craig Taylor

Customer Success Manager

Craig's been involved in the training/L&D field since 1993, when he cut his teeth in the training-delivery world while serving in the British Army.

His subsequent roles have been in the rail, nuclear, healthcare, and financial sectors, where he has helped people to understand the value that current and emerging technologies can bring.

David Steingesser

David Steingesser

Technical Support Rep.

David joined HT2 in 2017 after spending the previous 7 years working in Technical Support and IT-related positions in Education and Business SaaS companies.  He has an avid interest in learning new technologies, and is passionate about helping client's get the most out of products they may have questions around.

In his spare time, David likes checking out new restaurants, bands and films. When the weather is nice, he also enjoys long hikes with his wife and pug.

Janet Laane-Effron

Janet Laane-Effron

Data Scientist

Janet is our in-house data scientist. She has a penchant for applying diverse fields such as cognitive science and competitive intelligence to develop best practices in learning design & developing meaningful metrics for performance analysis. 

Although not based in the UK, Janet makes up for it with some virtual cycling around rainy London each morning.

Ian Blackburn

Ian Blackburn

Solutions Architect

Ian joined HT2 as a Solutions Architect in Summer 2017 and works between our in-house and client technical teams to design and implement effective learning programmes.

Away from work, Ian is a keen amateur footballer for his local team.

Emma Sephton

Emma Sephton

Product Manager

Emma is passionate about learning, particularly when technologically-enhanced, and has experience managing UK & international projects in Higher Education, teacher training and professional development.

She also answers to the name of Hedgehog (she moonlights as a Brownie Guide Leader).

Katharina Lass

Katharina Lass

Project Manager

Katharina started out in Finance but quickly moved into international accounts and project management.

Managing large SaaS rollouts in FTSE100, BPO's, pharmaceutical and medical device companies she accumulated valuable business acumen. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for L&D she now project manages our action based research in EdTech.

Software Developers

A dedicated team of talented software engineers who focus on developing our products, and supporting clients with customisation and integration work.

Pete Thorne

Pete Thorne

Software Engineer

Pete is now an experienced developer but was once a classroom teacher before transitioning into online training.

He likes to tinker with things to continually improve the user experience and deliver features that make a difference to trainers and learners alike.  Outside the office, Pete is a normal geek.

Andrew Hickey

Andrew Hickey

Software Engineer

Andrew started his development career at the age of 8 when he got his hands on a DOS manual.

He's thankful that those days are over and he can now use Bash instead.

Josh Wilkinson

Josh Wilkinson

Software Engineer

Josh has been developing learning software for the best part of a decade. He is passionate about software and likes to explore new innovations. He enjoys learning new skills and putting them into practice to find new creative solutions.

Aside from software Josh loves all things techy, and lives his life in 'the cloud'.  When he's not in the clouds, he can be found watching movies, cycling or playing the guitar.

Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith

Software Engineer

Ryan joined us after graduating from Oxford Brookes University, where he won the John Birch prize for the highest grade average in the University.

When he's not injuring himself on a cricket field, he consults with people on all things xAPI and helps develop xAPI products and services such as Learning Locker and the Moodle xAPI Plugin.

Mariusz Rajczakowski

Mariusz Rajczakowski

Software Engineer

Mariusz is a qualified nutritionist and dietitian, but decided to swap career paths for the programming world having been developing and tinkering with software in his spare time (and is now really enjoying that decision!).

He loves learning new things and exploring new technologies and when not programming enjoys watching movies, exercising in the gym and reading about Nutrition and Medicine.

Chris Bishop

Chris Bishop

Software Engineer

Chris is another of our 2017 starters; joining as part of our software development team, he uses his experience in a number of programming languages to work on integrations as well as core code development.

Though he spends his working week in Oxford, his weekends are spent down on the coast in Hampshire where he enjoys living life by the sea.

Office Security

No start-up is complete without office pets, and alongside a tank full of goldfish, we have a pair of lovable hounds that also provide us with an excuse to get away from our desks and go for a walk at semi-regular intervals.

Jasper

Jasper

Manny

Manny

Board Members

Additionally, we have three Non-Executive Directors on our Company Board whose role it is to advise and act as a sounding board for the leadership team when it comes to product development.

Sven Laux

Sven Laux

Sven is the Chief Technology Officer at City & Guilds Group. He has a background in Software Engineering and worked in the Learning Technologies industry since the year 2000.

Passionate about open source software, Sven has previously been the Technical Director of Kineo, founder and Product Director at Totara Learning Solutions, and the founder of the Adapt Learning open source project.

Brian Helweg-Larson

Brian Helweg-Larson

Brian founded ProfitAbility and has designed more than a hundred simulation-based courses for worldwide clients in over 20 different industries.

With a team of simulation designers to continue his work, he now concentrates on new forms of learning, and new kinds of simulation using emerging technologies.

Dr Nigel Downing

Dr Nigel Downing

Nigel is an established leader in experiential learning, and a regular speaker at HR events. His passion is for education, and how the use of business simulations can accelerate learning.

INTERESTED IN JOINING THE TEAM?

We’re actively recruiting for a number of roles in the UK and US as well as generally being on the look out for like-minded individuals who can add something new to the team – so check out our Careers page and send us your details if you think you’d fit the bill.
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